DAVID BIANCULLI

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National Geographic’s upcoming series Mars may only show a fake landing on the Red Planet, but make no mistake, say its creators: A real-life landing is coming soon...
 
 
 
  
 
 
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Michael Kenneth Williams didn’t have to research Rikers Island before he took the role of Rikers inmate Freddy in HBO’s tense hit drama The Night Of...
 
 
 
  
 
 
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Dearest, most ardent, TVWW readers: We see you’ve noticed the program content keeps coming, but the Best Bets column continues to be conspicuously blank...
 
 
 
  
 
 
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In the first episode of HBO’s new comedy Divorce, Sarah Jessica Parker’s Frances tells her best girlfriend how good the sex has been with her illicit boyfriend...
 
 
 
  
 
 
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On this day in 1970, television viewers heard the famous signoff, "'Good night, Chet.' 'Good night, David. And good night, for NBC News,'" for the final time, when news anchor Chet Huntley said farewell to his long-time co-anchor David Brinkley...
 
 
 
  
 
 
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HBO has a message for fans of Game of Thrones, Curb Your Enthusiasm, True Detective and Deadwood. Be patient...
 
 
 
  
 
 
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Key & Peele are just releasing their Complete Series collection this week and their comedy series, while notable for its hairpiece excellence, is perhaps more so as an early adopter of social media...
 
 
 
  
 
 
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HBO shows do not rely disproportionately on graphic sexual violence against women, the channel’s new head of programming told television critics Saturday...
 
 
 
  
 
 
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This day in 1989 marked the last telecast of The Jim Henson Hour on NBC...
 
 
 
  
 
 
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On this day in 1983, NBC attempted to capitalize on the growing popularity of music videos with the introduction of the late-night show, Friday Night Videos...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

Good news, TVWW readers: David’s new book from Doubleday, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is available on Amazon for $20. (Paperback will be available September 5th, here.)

Doubleday says: “Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. Bianculli's theory has to do with the concept of quality television: what it is and, crucially, how it got that way."

"The Platinum Age of Television is an effusive guidebook that plots the path from the 1950s’ Golden Age to today’s era of quality TV. For instance, animation evolved from Rocky and His Friends to South Park; variety shows moved from The Ed Sullivan Show to Saturday Night Live; and family sitcoms grew from I Love Lucy to Modern Family. A high point is the author’s interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer and many others...Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post

 
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